Profile: Keely E. Duke

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Keely E. Duke

Attorney/Managing Member

1087 W River Street, Suite 300
Boise, ID 83702
Main: 208-342-3310
Fax: 208-342-3299

ked@dukescanlan.com

Keely Duke is one of Idaho’s premier litigation and trial attorneys.  She has dedicated her career to defending companies, employers, and individuals in complex business litigation and in medical malpractice, legal malpractice, dental malpractice, employment, skilled nursing defense, insurance bad faith, and product liability/medical device litigation.  She has tried several cases to successful verdicts for her clients in both state and federal court, which included medical, legal, skilled nursing facility, and dental malpractice cases, employment cases, complex commercial litigation cases, an insurance bad faith case, and a medical device case.

Ms. Duke has handled numerous appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has also served as an arbitrator in a wrongful death case.

Ms. Duke holds an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has again been selected as Lawyer of the Year – Medical Malpractice (Boise) by Best Lawyers in America. She is also included in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is praised in that publication for her “sheer hard work, great organization, diligence and determination to fight tooth and nail for her clients.”

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury (2009 to present)
    • Lawyer of the Year Boise – Medical Malpractice (2014, 2017, 2019)
  • AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell since 2008
  • Top 100 Attorneys in the Mountain States (2014-present)
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in the Mountain States (2014-present)
  • Chambers USA – Leading lawyer in commercial litigation (2009 to present)
  • Named in Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals (2009 to present)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2008 to present)
  • 2013 Woman of the Year Honoree
  • 2008 TWIN Honoree – Awarded to women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Federal Bar Association Board of Directors – Idaho Chapter (2011 to 2015)
    • President, 2011 to 2015
  • Board of Directors, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (2011 to 2017)
    • President, 2017
  • Board of Directors, Federal Defender Services of Idaho (2008 to present)
    • President, 2018
  • Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho (2004 to 2012)
    • President, 2011
  • Idaho Supreme Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee (2009 to present)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Idaho Board (2019 to present)
  • Access to Justice Idaho Committee (2014)
  • Instructor at University of Idaho School of Law’s Trial Advocate Program (2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Instructor at Federal Court Trial Skills program (2009, 2011, 2015)
  • Adjunct Professor at Boise State University in Business Law (2001 to 2004)
  • Defense Research Institute (2004 to present)

Publications

  • 50-State Survey on Legal Malpractice (Idaho), American Bar Association (2009 to present)
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Limitations on a Health Care Provider’s Right to Indemnification When it is Targeted Under the False Claims Act as a Result of the Fraudulent Activities of a Third Party with Which it Contracts or Associates, The Federal Lawyer, February 2009
  • FMLA Changes Now In Effect, Idaho Employment Law Letter, February 2009

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, J.D.
  • Carroll College in Helena, Montana, (Business Administration and Political Science)

Court and Bar Admissions

  • All Idaho state courts
  • Idaho Court of Appeals
  • Idaho Supreme Court
  • S. District Courts for the District of Idaho
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Idaho State Bar Association (1999 – present)
  • American Bar Association (1999 – present)
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